Stylus tracking force gauge for turntables
Item # 183SFG2 | MFR # SFG-2
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Our take on the Shure SFG-2 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Be "Shure" your turntable is on the right track
Did you know that dialing in the proper tracking force for your turntable's phono cartridge is crucial for optimum playback? Too little force, and the stylus won't seat properly in the grooves, potentially causing skipping (or mistracking), and increased wear to your stylus and precious vinyl LPs. Too much force, and you'll over-compress your cartridge's internal suspension mechanism, causing its internal signal generating assembly to become misaligned and resulting in a loss of performance.
Unfortunately, the traditional method of calibrating your 'table's tracking force — floating the tonearm, then twisting the counterweight to the desired setting — can actually be inaccurate by a wide margin. That's why we strongly recommend the Shure SFG-2 to anyone looking to really fine-tune their rig. This simple, easy-to-use stylus force gauge ensures that your cartridge is tracking precisely at the manufacturer's recommended setting, giving you the best possible sound quality, and minimizing wear and tear on your stylus and records.
- ensures proper stylus tracking force to prevent mistracking, excessive record and stylus wear, and poor sound reproduction
- easy-to-use, balance-beam design accurate to within .1 grams in primary operating range (0.5 to 1.5 grams)
- measures tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in .05 gram increments
- roller bearing pin pivots for minimal friction and smooth operation
- each gauge individually factory calibrated for a high degree of accuracy
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Stylus force gauge
- User Guide
East to use and set exact tr5acking force.
Dave, Grand Marais, MN
Shure SFG-2 Reviews
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Stylus Force Gauge: The Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is a highly accurate beam balance that is designed for measuring stylus tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in 0.5 gram increments. Its rolling bearing pin pivots are engineered for minimal friction. The SFG-2 tracking for gauge has been factory calibrated.
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Why did you buy this?
upgrading cartridge from OEM. [ JAMES Aug 26, 2018 ]
Free [ laurence Mar 02, 2018 ]
recommended by crutcfield [ Eugene Feb 28, 2018 ]
Recommended by Dolly [ Jordan Jan 17, 2018 ]
recommended by staff [ JACOB Dec 27, 2017 ]
I needed a stylus gauge [ John Charles Nov 30, 2017 ]
for accuracy at setup [ Sue Nov 28, 2017 ]
Required [ Gary Nov 24, 2017 ]
I need to accurately measure the stylus on my turntable. [ Doyle Coons Nov 08, 2017 ]
The Crutchfield price was cheaper than other major online warehouses/retailers. [ Michael Oct 21, 2017 ]
Better turntable sound [ MARTIN Aug 08, 2017 ]
the only one sold on website [ NELSON D Jul 02, 2017 ]
Was the only tracking force gauge available [ ETHAN D May 15, 2017 ]
Want to ensure the best possible calibration. Expect this to help. [ George Apr 22, 2017 ]
Good reviews, good price! Ease of use. Reduce wear on records and stylus. Crutchfield return policy if I don't like it! [ JOHN F Apr 15, 2017 ]
I recently purchased a turntable, and I saw an article by Dave Bar in your magazine. [ Michael Apr 07, 2017 ]
I'm not sure that my tonearm is tracking correctly (read that, I'm pretty sure it's not) and even though this device only had 6 reviews when I ordered it, they were all very positive. I can always send it back if it doesn't live up to expectations. [ JOHN Mar 17, 2017 ]
Bought new Denon turntable and replaced cartridge with expensive Ortofon . Want to insure proper tracking force. [ Roy Mar 16, 2017 ]
Reviews were positive [ Myounger Mar 14, 2017 ]
for the name brand and hdr [ JOHN J Mar 09, 2017 ]
So my vinyl lasts [ Jonathan Dec 15, 2016 ]
Simple design, doesn't need batteries, proven dependability. [ JIM Dec 01, 2016 ]
Want to make sure I set up my new turntable correctly to optimize best sound possible [ Joann Nov 23, 2016 ]
Clean dust from records [ Jerome Sep 30, 2016 ]
Only one available from your store and already have the exact same one here at the house which I'm very happy with but just couldn't find it after 30 years. [ THOMAS May 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield representative (Dolly) Dolly's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=131 [ Priscilla Apr 19, 2016 ]
To get the optimum performance out of my turntable. [ Matthew Apr 19, 2016 ]
to ensure proper weight on needle [ robin Mar 27, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
1 answer I have this gauge and need to set tracking force at 1.75 grams. the cartridge is the shure 97xe and I am using the damper, so the force has to be 1.75 to track at 1.25, according to the instructions. The guage , to get this measured is supposed to be used by settting the force measure at half and putting the stylus in the slot labeled 2x. Problem is-- 1.75 divided by 2 is .875 and the guage can only be set at .8 or .9. Should I round up to .9 or down to .8? [ karl Aug 04, 2017 ]
Since .875 is only .25 from .9, I would try it first. If you are concerned with the force of the cartridge on your records, try .8. You may want to consult a forum. There are many forums out there with knowledgeable vinyl enthusiasts who would be happy to help you. [ Matthew Aug 04, 2017 ]